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Charlie Sheen: Where have you been?
Charlie Sheen....where have I heard that name lately? Oh, I haven't. But wait, he did have a new sitcom this summer called "Anger Management"....de ja vus? Poor Charlie....that's what Alan (Jon Cryer) might've sarcastically said to him in Two and a Half Men. In that sitcom he was a rich, swinging bachelor that got suckered into letting his brother move in with him. Swinging bachelor...well Charlie Sheen wasn't a bachelor but...
So where did it all begin? Charlie Sheen's father is Ramon Estevez, more commonly known as Martin Sheen. He was the third of four children. By the way, his father was an alcoholic who suffered an on-camera heart attack.
His first appearance as an actor was in a TV film The Execution of Private Slovik (1974), he was nine and appeared with his father. Charlie grew up in Hollywood with best friends like Rob Lowe and Sean Penn and the three of them made a bunch of low budget films together.
He fathered a child at 19 and got kicked off his high school football team at 17 when he was arrested for credit card fraud and marijuana (just weeks before getting his diploma). But our Charlie wasn't worried, he wanted to be an actor.
Charlie appeared in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" in 1986. His first dialog in that film? The word Drugs. It fit in with his lifestyle. Even then, he is said to have had his first joint at 11, his first hooker at age 15, and at 21 played a soldier in the Oscar winning film "Platoon". I would think it wouldn't take a genius to see where this is headed. He followed "Platoon" with roles in "Wall Street" and "Major League" but then things quieted down...well, as far as his movie roles.
His first drug intervention happened at age 25 when friend Clint Eastwood told him he needed to get into rehab. Oh, did I mention his girlfriend at the time got shot in the leg but both said it was an accident....his girlfriend Kelly Preston went on to become Mrs. John Travolta. You can't make this stuff up! Really...did you know during the 1995 Heidi Fleiss trial Charlie admitted to hiring her girls more than 20 times and was known to always leave a tip on top of the $2,000 charge!
Charlie Sheen Quotes
I blinked and I cured my brain. That's how. Everyone has the power.
I don't believe myself to be an addict. I really don't. I think that I just ignore or smash or finally dismiss a model that I think is rooted in vintage balderdash, you know? For lack of a better word.
Defeat is not an option. They picked a fight with a warlock.
Slash sat me down at his house and said, You've got to clean up your act. You know you've gone too far when Slash is saying, Look, you've got to get into rehab.
He was hospitalized in 1998 after having trouble with his cocaine habit...seems his nose wasn't functioning properly anymore and when he tried to mainline the coke, his legs gave out. Back to rehab.
Next we have Chuck Lorre, producer of "Two and a Half Men", who had drug problems in his younger years as well so he recognized Charlie's problems. After AA, Lorre used his knowledge of his former life to write "Two and a Half Men". He knew about Charlie's problems but wanted him on the show anyway, ironically the two never really got along but the show was a huge success.
Am I leaving out marriages and children? Yes. (There were three of them.) How about other movies? Well here's a short list of some of Charlie Sheen's movies:
- Red Dawn
- Young Guns
- Navy Seals
- The Rookie
- Hot Shots
- Hot Shots Part Deux
- Being John Malkovich
Illustrious to say the least. He was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1994. According to tv.com Charlie was nominated for two SAG awards, Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Theatrical Motion Picture for Being John Malkovich, and Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series for Two and a Half Men. This same site states, "In 2002 Charlie won the Golden Globe for "Best Performance By An Actor In A Television Series-Comedy Or Musical" for his work in Spin City."
Charlie was hospitalized in January of 2011 after a 36-hour marathon of vodka, cocaine, and porn stars. That wasn't enough for our Charlie, he then decided to launch a crusade against CBS and Warner Bros. At one point he filed a $100 million lawsuit for breach of contract against Warner Bros. when they cancelled his contract. Anyone who watched or read the news at that time knows why his contract was cancelled, he was out of control to say the least.
Charlie's new show, "Anger Management" has been picked up for 90 more episodes! According to Wikipedia.com, "Anger Management is an American comedy series that premiered on FX on June 28, 2012. The series is based on the 2003 film of the same name and stars Charlie Sheen in a role similar to the one originated by Jack Nicholson from the film. Anger Management broke a ratings record with 5.74 million viewers in its series debut and ranks as the most-watched sitcom premiere in cable history." Not coincidentally, Charlie's father Martin will have a recurring role playing his father in this new series.
So, is Charlie back? Has he really begun again at age 47? http://www.telegraph.co.uk quotes Charlie as saying Anger Management is his swan song. That there are things he wants to do. “I want to learn to dance, and paint, and write more poetry, and raise my kids, and go exploring."
Only time will tell where Charlie will wind up next. I can only say its been an incredible ride and I wish him well.